RAF Website 18 Jul 12

Article from the RAF website, 18 July 2012.

Ex RAF Regiment Gunner Reaches Milestone In His “Push 500” Wheelchair Challenge
Former RAF Regiment Gunner Sean Allerton has reached a significant milestone towards his 500 mile wheelchair charity journey recently, by passing the 100 mile barrier at RAF Church Fenton. Sean has been racking up the miles to raise money for the RAF Benevolent Fund, RAFA, the RAF Charitable Trust, Aerobility, Flying Scholarships for the Disabled and The Forgotten Heroes.

Sean, 46, from Sherburn in Elmet near RAF Church Fenton was paralysed in an accident whilst serving with 34 Sqn RAF Regiment in Cyprus in 1993. This left him a tetraplegic but being confined to a wheelchair hasn’t got in the way of him leading a very active life. His epic wheelchair journey is being completed around a number of RAF stations, including Church Fenton which is near his home.

His charity challenge was inspired by the iconic Proclaimers song “500 miles” and the singing duo travelled down from their Edinburgh homes in May to kick off the journey at RAF Church Fenton.

Sean said: I’m really pleased to have reached the 100-mile point, but there are plenty more miles still left to do. Equally important is that there is still the opportunity for people to sponsor me to support the work of these great charities. Pushing through the 100-mile point wasn’t easy with quite a strong wind! What you gain as a tailwind on part of the circuit is a struggle as it becomes a headwind as you progress around the route. There was a lot of support from the officers and cadets of the Yorkshire Universities Air Squadron who are based at RAF Church Fenton and they really did spur me on”

People can donate to the causes and also find out more about the charities by visiting http://www.push500.com/.

Editor: Flt Lt Dave Williams